I am the Principal of Lebl Associates, a Fellow at the American Center for Democracy, and a member of the Foreign Policy Research Institute. I also contribute occasionally to the blogs of Rachel Ehrenfeld, Founder and CEO of the American Center for Democracy, and Clemens Heni, director of the Berlin International Center for the Study of Antisemitism (BICSA).
I'm a strong believer in making foreign policy accessible to the average educated citizen. Most people are busy; they want to be better informed about world affairs but have little time to do the necessary research, given that they receive little news via the mainstream media.
My job is to help fill that gap. I draw on my almost 25 years of experience as a Foreign Service Officer, my scholarly research and analysis, and the insights I gain from talking to American and foreign audiences.
For examples of my work, please see articles I have written on issues like combating radical Islam, transatlantic relations after Bush, U.S.-EU relations, including counter-terrorism cooperation, and European defense policy. You'll find the links on the 'Publications' page. The 'Events' page lists the various speeches and panel discussions in which I've participated in recent years.
I'm currently working on a book about radical Islam and the European Union - see the article in the Winter 2013 issue of Orbis which is based on the introductory chapter. Other recent papers include "The Islamist Threat to European Security," which appeared in the Summer 2014 issue of the Middle East Forum and a monograph on Islamism and security in Bosnia-Herzegovina published by the Strategic Studies Institute.